I'm the daughter of a California Rupley. Yes, my research says they came from Ohio before Ca, and it looks like Pennsylvania before that. Their records are tangled up with Pennsylvania Dutch-- they were instrumental in starting the Swiss Protestant movement, where most of the spelling is "Rubli". That Rubli was a priest who married a nun. The offshoot of the Swiss protest church is the Evangelical Free Church, which often had to worship with Evangelical Lutherans. Lots of soldiers, pastors, mule-skinners and horse-traders in the line.
What names did you get as coming out of Ohio into CA? I've lost some of my research and am having trouble with my great and great-great grandfathers. Once past them, I think I can run things back away even without my old papers. =Dandy